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The Tree Reviews

January 5, 2012
It's well worth seeing the performance of young Morgana Davies as Simone, a child who becomes convinced that her late father speaks and listens to her through the comforting branches of the tree next to her house.
November 4, 2011
In the end, The Tree is something of a stretch; but it's a good stretch, a mix of mysticism and family dynamics both satisfying and intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 2, 2011
"The Tree" might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2011
Despite the potential for some supernatural grandiosity, the tone here remains understated and quiet, and Gainsbourg's performance feels lived-in, and deep, and right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2011
The arboreal metaphor is overworked as the tree's roots choke off the rural home's water supply, but the story has a winning, fable-like directness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2011
Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2011
Unusual and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 28, 2011
It's simply vagueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 21, 2011
It's not exactly subtle. But it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2011
Bertuccelli uses the scrubbed topography of Queensland, Australia, to mostly eloquent effect, although her mystical symbols can be as on-the-nose as her dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2011
What makes The Tree feel like a movie about actual people and not just writer's constructs are the powerful performances by Gainsbourg and young Davies.
July 21, 2011
This is an easy movie to watch. If only Julie Bertuccelli had more trust in her most interesting stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2011
A movie that's content to stand still.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
July 15, 2011
In the end, the metaphor dominates. At every turn, the fig tree makes a statement.
July 15, 2011
"The Tree" falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 15, 2011
"The Tree" is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2011
The movie is truly a tree-hugger's delight (I confess to being one such hugger) that makes the most of its metaphors without straining toward supernatural schmaltz.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2011
The Tree is well-acted, and Bertuccelli successfully makes some obvious metaphors come off as unforced.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 13, 2011
The movie's mundane account of moving on is ultimately more gripping than its wooden metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2011
In her second film, writer-director Julie Bertuccelli is sometimes partial to clumsy dialogue. But Gainsbourg and Davies, almost feral with her mass of untamed blond curls, make a memorable parent-child pair.
July 8, 2011
By the time we reach the climactic ending, the script clearly calls for an exorcist with a chainsaw to trim back this metaphor run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2011
It's a small film, almost a parable in its simplicity and predictability, but it gains extra strength from its hybrid industrial origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2011
The film's fairly blunt expository dialogue might have been usefully trimmed, but the elemental conflict is expressively filmed.